From Venice to Bilbao

DAY 01 – From Venice to Bilbao

Venice was just a stop this time. The town well worth visit had the fast flight to Bilbao for us, cca two hours. Maybe this is not the cheapest travel to Bilbao, but it is definitely the fastest. When you don’t have much time… you just have to cut some stops.

In the plain, I only wanted to sleep. Sleepless week before this trip didn’t left me in the best shape for this adventure, so I had to catch up. One little girl said that you can get energy by sleeping, so this was my plan. I came in the plain the last, but still I had to wait for my seat in a row. Finally, I came there. Seat near the window. Great! I like this one the best. I asked a handsome man to move so that I can sit, and he tried to stand up with although he had already fastened his sit belt. It was a bit funny, so I smiled. I sit and looked around. On the other side was a woman with two kids. I noticed something strange in her behaviour. She looked as a female animal that feel the threat in another female animal…. ha ha ha… animal instinct!. I didn’t even try to speak with the handsome guy beside me, I don’t know why did she acted like this. Funny. I though: “Don’t meddle in my affairs!” – “I just want to sleep here…. The next thing that I remember from this trip was a sound of gears during landing….

 

Why Bilbao, because it is close to Irun…a border town near Hendaye in France. Beside a town from which the Northern Way of “El Camino de Santiago” begins….

On the other hand, visiting Spain is always a good idea, isn’t it?

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Source of the map image: travelrepublic.co.uk.

So, we started with Bilbao…….

Bilbao (/bɪlˈbˌ ˈbɑː/;[2]Spanish: [bilˈβao]; Basque: Bilbo [bilβo]) is a city in northern Spain, the largest city in the province of Biscay and in the Basque Country as a whole. Bilbao is the tenth largest city in Spain, with a population of 345,141 as of 2015.[3] The Bilbao metropolitan area has roughly 1 million inhabitants,[4][5][6] making it one of the most populous metropolitan areas in northern Spain; with a population of 875,552[7] the comarca of Greater Bilbao is the fifth-largest urban area in Spain. Bilbao is also the main urban area in what is defined as the Greater Basque region. Source: wikipedia.

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So we made a little walk… altogether some 20K… to warm up for upcoming walking route. We saw the Guggenheim Museum, a museum of modern and contemporary art, and his “little” puppy. The creation of the Frank Gehry: “a spectacular structure made of titanium, glass, and limestone“.

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The puppy, flowered puppy – an interesting creation made by Jeff Koon, that was built for a kind of exhibition. However, people in the town liked this creature and bought it… so the flowered puppy is still here 🙂

In Puppy, Koons engages both past and present, employing sophisticated computer modeling while referencing the 18th-century formal garden. A behemoth West Highland terrier carpeted in bedding plants, Puppy combines the most saccharine of iconography—flowers and puppies—in a monument to the sentimental. Its size—seemingly out-of-control (it is both literally and figuratively still growing) but carefully constructed and tightly contained—can be read as an analogue of contemporary culture. Dignified and stalwart, this work fills us with awe, and even joy, while standing guard at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In keeping with themes in his past work, Koons has, by combining elite references (topiary and dog breeding) with those of the masses (Chia Pets and Hallmark greeting cards), designed this public sculpture to relentlessly entice, to create optimism, and to instill, in his own words, “confidence and security. Source: guggenheim.org.

We came to the old town with beautiful houses and a special feeling of happiness. Ye, people really looked happy there. Or was I happy, so I only saw the happiness all around. We treated us with and ice-cream. Coffee taste of ice-cream and enjoy a music of some anonymous rock band. We gave peace of the ice-cream cone to sparrows and left when pigeons started to fight for the peaces of it….

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Little cosy streets, art, summer, sun, smells of probably very interesting cousin that we didn’t try since the ice-cream killed our desire for food. Then we came to Cathedral. It is interesting that her name is Santiago Cathedral. Interesting because we are heading to Santiago de Compostela, and even before the start we have this name “Santiago” in front of us. And here is the explanation for the name “Santiago”:

The temple is consecrated in honor of the apostle Saint James the Great (Santiago in Spanish), by virtue of being a point of transit for the pilgrims that followed the Northern branch of the Way of Saint James.

Well, this is not only a kind of trail adventure or a training. This walking way is something more, somethin that we will hopefully discover in the days that will come.

It is late now. Blue is very tired of all this attractions. Bilbao Akelarre Hostel, the one that will provide a clean bad, shower, Desayuno – grosaria breakfast and unlimited amounts of tea and coffee was our choice for this short stay in Bilbao. After a short night, we’ll wake up early to catch the bus for the next town in this wonderful country of Spain.

Next stop: Irun.

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